More than 75 Canadian acts will perform at Ottawa Bluesfest this year.
The lineup was announced at the Canadian War Museum April 24. Bluesfest organizers chose an electronic theme this year with bands such as Vancouver’s Felix Cartal and to Ottawa’s DJ Drastik set to perform.
Last year’s biggest Canadian headliners were Death from Above 1979, the tumultuous pair of Toronto heavy electro rockers, who had reunited after a five-year hiatus.
But this year, there has been an increase in the amount of Canadian headliners, which includes K’Naan, Our Lady Peace, MSTRKRFT, The Sheepdogs, The Weeknd, Down with Webster, Grimes, and Nickelback.
Grimes, Vancouver’s soft-spoken whimsical electro-chanteuse, will be playing the festival on July 11. This will be the songstress’s first Ottawa performance.
Montreal’s Chromeo neglected Ottawa and their home city off last year’s “Night Falls” tour, but fans will be pleased to discover that the electro-funk twosome will be crooning through a vocoder on July 8.
Five days later on July 13, Alain “A-Trak” Macklovitch and one half of “Barbara Streisand” anthem creators, Duck Sauce, will be playing. Macklovitch is the brother of David Macklovitch, the Jewish, Ray-Ban sporting member of Chromeo.
While the Weeknd show was notoriously packed at Ottawa’s Barrymore’s Music Hall on Jan. 20, concertgoers now have a chance to enjoy the Toronto R&B workhorse, who has self-released three mixtapes in 2011 alone.
Neo-psychedelic rockers The Sheepdogs have also been announced. Drawing comparisions to the Black Keys, the Saskatoon-quartet nabbed the cover of Rolling Stone in August last year.
Nickelback, the band every Canadian loves to hate, are slated to play July 9. It will be the first time since April 2010 that they tour Ottawa.
— Photo courtesy of Jean Labelle